Biography of Alonzo D. Smith
Madison County, NY Biographies





Smith, Alonzo D., M. D., who has practiced medicine in the village of New Woodstock for a third of a century, was born in the extreme southeast corner of the town of Cazenovia, June 2, 1841, a son of Willard Moss and Lucinda (Harrington) Smith. His father was a farmer and owned a farm which was so peculiarly located as to be in the towns of De Ruyter, Cazenovia and Nelson. He was a native of Plainfield, Otsego county, but spent most of his life in this vicinity, where he was held to be a man of strict integrity and estimable character. He died in 1893, having reached the advanced age of eighry four years. Dr. Smith was educated in the district schools and at Cazenovia Seminary. He began his medical studies in 1861 under Drs. Greenwood and Carpenter of Erieville; later he attended a course of lectures at the University of Michigan, and two courses in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York city, from which institution he received the degree of M. D. in 1867. He at once began practice in Nelson Flats, but soon removed to New Woodstock, where he bought the practice of Dr. McClellan. Two years later he also bought Dr. C. W. Adam's property. In 1877 he went to Cazenovia Seminary and for seven terms taught anatomy, physiology and hygiene, building up the department with faithful energy. In the fall of 1898 he returned to his New Woodstock practice and in addition established a pharmacy, which he still conducts. Dr. Smith has not only built up a large and lucrative practice in his native town, but in the year 1886 he received letters patent on a spring truss, and also in 1890 on an improvement, than which there is probably no truss ever worn by the human family which is less open to criticism, or more practical in its application. The doctor has also received letters patent on a mechanical cash book which for simplicity and accuracy has never been excelled. Within the present year, 1899, a local paper, called the Local Gazette, has been started in the village of New Woodstock and Dr. Smith made its editor. It is a thriving publication and compares favorably with its class. It is soon to be enlarged and otherwise improved. The doctor has been offered political preferment, but has chosen to attend to his personal affairs, prefering rather to be a success in his profession and private concerns than to seek doubtful honors. Dr. Smith has been a staunch Republican, and with the exception of his service of eight years as coroner he has never held public office. He is a member of Cazenovia Lodge, No. 616, F. & A. M. In 1859 he married Martha M. Smith, daughter of Moses D. C. Smith of Cazenovia. One son has been born to them, T. Galen Smith of Los Angeles, Cal.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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